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Eiger

Whether you hike along it, take the railway to its villages or just enjoy the view from Grindelwald below, this famous peak in the Bernese Alps is not to be missed.

Visit the Eiger, a special place high among the snowy mountaintops in Switzerland. One of the most iconic peaks in the world, it sits alongside the Mönch and Jungfrau. This trio, nicknamed the Ogre, Monk and Maiden, are revered among locals and tourists alike.

The Eiger is notorious for its North Face. Look up to see it soaring nearly vertical 5,900 feet (1,800 meters) into the air, an object of fear and fascination among mountain climbers. It is known as the “Mordwand” (murderous wall), a pun on its German name Nordwand, because of the dozens of climbers who have lost their lives here.

Locate “The White Spider,” a distinct feature on the North Face. Snow-filled cracks extend from an ice field near the top, resembling the spindly legs of a spider.

Hop on the Jungfrau Railway in the village of Kleine Scheidegg at the base. Take the railway to the Eigerwand station, which sits inside the North Face. Get out and enjoy spectacular views through windows carved into the rock. From here, continue up the mountain to Jungfraujoch, which is the highest railway station in Europe.

While only the world’s best climbers attempt the North Face, you can still experience it casually. The Eiger Trail snakes along the mountain for 3.5 miles (5.7 kilometers). It begins at the Eigerglestscher railway station, midway up the Eiger. You will pass metal ladders in the rock that climbers use to access the mountain face, but the trail takes a much flatter route. Enjoy gorgeous vistas of the Alps and the valleys of Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen below. The trail ends near the Alpiglen train station. For a longer hike, continue for about 90 minutes until you reach Grindelwald.

Sitting in the shadow of the North Face, Grindelwald is known as Eiger Village. This charming resort town provides a great base for your exploration of the Eiger. It has a great variety of shops, restaurants and accommodations.

No matter what season you visit, the Eiger’s peaks always remain snowcapped. Weather can be unpredictable, so dress in layers for flexibility for varying temperatures.


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Grindelwalderhof $154
Reviewed on Jun 16, 2019
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Grindelwalderhof

Grindelwalderhof

Dorfstrasse 155, Grindelwald, BE
     
    4.5 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Great value for your money. Perfectly located to center of town. Good breakfast, comfortable bedding. I just loved the views from the room

    Central Hotel Wolter $199
    Reviewed on Jun 14, 2019
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    Central Hotel Wolter

    Central Hotel Wolter

    Dorfstrasse 93, Grindelwald, BE
       
      4.1 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      close to the railway station, very convenient. room is big, can fulfill the basic need of travelling.

      Aspen alpin lifestyle hotel Grindelwald $500
      Reviewed on Feb 10, 2019
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      Aspen alpin lifestyle hotel Grindelwald

      Aspen alpin lifestyle hotel Grindelwald

      Aspen 1, Grindelwald, BE
         
        4.6 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        very friendly place. we will come back 👌

        Arenas Resort Victoria-Lauberhorn $181
        Reviewed on Oct 2, 2018
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        Arenas Resort Victoria-Lauberhorn

        Arenas Resort Victoria-Lauberhorn

        Wengen, Wengen, BE
           
          4.5 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Absolutely beautiful. Very welcoming and friendly staff always willing to help. Stunning scenery outside the bedroom window. Breakfast was delicious and abundant. Only complaint was that we had a gift voucher from friends, however did not realise it was for us until the last day as it was in a blank ...

          Hotel Bernerhof Grindelwald $182
          Reviewed on Jun 14, 2019
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          Hotel Bernerhof Grindelwald

          Hotel Bernerhof Grindelwald

          Dorfstrasse 89, Grindelwald, BE
             
            4.3 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            The hotel is conveniently located close to Grindelwald Train Station. It is facing Mt Eiger & is close to Grindelwald First. Many restaurants nearby with a Coop Supermarket a few steps away. However, the food for breakfast every morning is the same each day. The ventilator in our toilet was noisy ...

            Hotel Alpenhof $213
            Reviewed on Jun 19, 2019
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            Hotel Alpenhof

            Hotel Alpenhof

            Kreuzweg 36, Grindelwald, BE
               
              4.6 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              All very good but small bathroom. Very good restaurant. Very nice staff.

              Hotel Spinne $262
              Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019
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              Hotel Spinne

              Hotel Spinne

              Dorfstrasse 136, Grindelwald, BE
                 
                4.4 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Fantastic hotel that is in the heart of the alps. Cannot wait to return.

                Mountain Hostel - Swiss Hostel $94
                Reviewed on Sep 3, 2018
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                Mountain Hostel - Swiss Hostel

                Mountain Hostel - Swiss Hostel

                Grundstrasse 58, Grindelwald, BE
                   
                  4.1 of 5
                  1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Check-in staff wonderful, extremely helpful, very friendly !